For a model with origins tied to passenger protection, the 911 Targa offers an incredible combination of panache and performance.
And that combo of the visceral and practical – the roofless body style was originally marketed as a “safety” cabriolet “with anti-roll bar,” engineered to meet the stringent U.S. rollover regulations introduced in the ‘60s – must be quite attractive to Canadians since, in terms of the ratio among 911 buyers, we make up the world’s second-largest market for Targas.
Yup, only hometown Germany, where Targas make up 11.8 per cent of that country’s 911 sales, outdoes the 10.2-per-cent Targa penetration Porsche Canada enjoys.
Now you might think it an anomaly that two snowbound countries like Germany and Greater Canuckia favour open air motoring. But it doesn’t surprise Porsche; it’s a simple matter of taking advantage of what little sunshine we have. If Old Man Winter limits the number of sunny days you can enjoy, you want to make the most of them, now, don’t you?
OK, we’ve established that Canadians like Targas, but what has the 2021 version got for us?
Well, for one thing, there’s a bunch of power — even the base Targa 4’s 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six pumps out 380 horses and accelerates to 100 kilometres an hour in 4.2 seconds. Opt for the 4S version and that same engine pumps out 450 ponies and gets to 100 in just 3.6 seconds.
A decade ago, those were 911 Turbo numbers, and it needed 3.8 litres as well as two turbochargers to get there. As we’ve seen countless times before, reduced emissions and performance do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Oh, and by the way, even though the eight-speed (up one cog from the previous-gen Targa) dual-clutch PDK transmission is standard, the 4S can be had with Porsche’s seven-speed manual gearbox complete with – if you want peak performance – the Sport Chrono package.
As a sop to the all that increased performance, the 4S is also equipped with six-piston front brake calipers (the Targa 4 sports but four) and 10 millimetre wider tires all round (the 4S running on 305/30ZR21s in the rear, essentially the same size as last year’s Turbo and GT2). Like all current all-wheel-drive 911s, Porsche Torque Vectoring is available (standard on 4S and optional on the basic Targa) as well Porsche Active Suspension Management.
Particularly nifty is the Targa’s Wet Mode, which uses sensors in the wheel wells to determine road conditions and alert the driver that enhanced traction control is needed. The 4S will even, like all top-of-the-line 911 models, steer all four wheels, the better to turn into corners at high speed while increasing stability at high, do-not-pass-GO velocities.
Lastly, all new on the technology front is Porsche InnoDrive, an adaptive cruise control system that can predictively change cruising speeds according to road conditions three kilometres ahead. Using data from the navigation data, InnoDrive can calculate the optimum acceleration and deceleration values for all upcoming corners and then mates that with traffic information from radar and video sensors to optimize speed.
And in yet another convenience item, the SmartLift can be programmed to electro-hydraulically lift the front end some 40 mm for more ground clearance by remembering the GPS coordinates of troublesome garage entries or exaggerated curbs.
The new 911 Targa: Faster, safer, and now smarter.
Distributel Permanently Waives Data Overage Charges on all Internet Plans – Canada NewsWire
Company responds to the evolving needs of its customers
TORONTO, May 28, 2020 /CNW/ – Distributel Communications Limited is proud to announce that we have eliminated internet overage charges permanently on all current plans for our customers. In March, we communicated that we would temporarily waive these fees to support the large number of customers whose families are working and learning from home. Today’s decision reflects our customers’ changing needs and furthers our commitment to doing what’s right for Canadians.
“Our customers’ satisfaction is extremely important to us. They told us that they truly appreciated having data caps removed and that it made a real difference for them,” said Matt Stein, CEO of Distributel. “We thought about extending the program past the initial three months, but we quickly realized that customers’ needs have changed for the long term. The right thing to do was to eliminate these charges permanently. The internet has become such an essential part of our lives, that we want to make sure our customers can stay connected without ever worrying about additional charges.”
We listen to our customers and continue to respond to their evolving needs. This change is effective immediately across all capped plans, and no further customer action is required.
This is a time of change for everyone – our customers, our employees, and our partners. Our business continuity plans and practices have allowed us to continue supporting Canadians throughout this period. We are grateful for the tremendous efforts of our employees, customers, vendors and partners—all of whom continue to be there for one another.
“We’re all still adapting to this new world, and it’s clear that even as pandemic restrictions begin to lift, there are going to be long-term changes to how we work, learn and live,” said Stein. “Today more than ever, the internet enables many of the things we value most: keeping loved ones close, learning and developing, interacting with customers and colleagues, and recharging at the end of the day. We’re very proud that we can play such an important role in Canadians’ lives.”
Established in 1988, Distributel is a leading national, independent telecommunications provider offering a wide range of business and residential communications services. 100% Canadian-owned, with offices across the country and a national network, Distributel continues to forge new partnerships and bring innovative solutions to market directly and through a thriving wholesale division. ThinkTel, the Business Services Division of Distributel, is a provider of advanced voice and data services for the SMB and Enterprise markets throughout Canada. TV services provided through TotalTV Inc., an IPTV service provider that operates in Ontario and Quebec. As a top Microsoft Solutions Partner and a Cisco PMP, the Business Services division is focused on driving industry innovation. For more information, visit: www.distributel.ca.
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For further information: Aby Bueno, Broad Reach Communications, T: 416-858-3135, E: [email protected]
TikTok’s Play Store rating back up to 4+ stars after Google removed more than 8 million negative reviews – Android Police
TikTok was hit by a swarm of negative reviews in India following a dispute between local YouTube creators and TikTok influencers, which brought down the app’s Play Store rating to an average of only 1.2 stars. Since these reviews aren’t representative or related to the quality of the application itself, Google decided to remove the vast majority, bumping the social network back up to 4.4 stars.
In total, it looks like Google removed far more than eight million individual reviews to bring the app closer to the average 4.5-star rating it had before the backlash in India hit it in full force. In a statement to TechCrunch, Google justifies the move as a corrective action to limit spam abuse.
Above: When it all started: May 19 rating. Below: May 28 rating.
The dispute between YouTubers and TikTokers that kicked off the negative ratings is only the tip of the iceberg, as TechCrunch further reports. A lot of TikTok videos have surfaced that appear to promote violence, animal abuse, racism, child mistreatment, and sexual harassment, which certainly played into the backlash against the platform.
Distributel permanently waiving data overage charges on its internet plans – MobileSyrup
Distributel announced that it is permanently waiving data overage charges on all of its current internet plans for its customers.
The carrier started to waive overage fees in March due to a large number of its customers working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Distributel says that today’s decision reflects its customers’ changing needs.
“We listen to our customers and continue to respond to their evolving needs. This change is effective immediately across all capped plans, and no further customer action is required,” the company wrote in a press release.
Distributel notes that this is a time of change for everyone, including its customers, employees and partners. It says that its business continuity plans have allowed it to continue supporting its customers through the pandemic.
“Our customers’ satisfaction is extremely important to us. They told us that they truly appreciated having data caps removed and that it made a real difference for them,” said Matt Stein, CEO of Distributel, in the press release.
Stein says that the company thought about extending the program past the initial three months, but realized that customers’ needs have changed for the long-term.
This is a big move by the company, and one that will be appreciated by its customers. It will be interesting to see if other Canadian service providers will do the same.
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